Latvian parliamentary election, 2006

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The election shifted the Saeima's composition (above) slightly further to the right, with the four-party right-wing coalition remaining in place.
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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 7 October 2006.[1] The governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis and his People's Party, won the election. Kalvitis's government thus became the first to be re-elected since Latvia had regained independence in 1991.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's Party 177,481 19.7 23 +3
Union of Greens and Farmers 151,595 16.8 18 +6
New Era Party 148,602 16.5 18 –8
Harmony Centre 130,887 14.5 17 New
Latvia's First Party/Latvian Way 77,869 8.6 10 0
For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK 62,989 7.0 8 +1
For Human Rights in United Latvia 54,684 6.1 6 –19
Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party 31,728 3.5 0 0
Motherland 18,860 2.1 0 New
All For Latvia! 13,469 1.5 0 New
New Democrats 11,505 1.3 0 New
Pensioners and Seniors Party 7,175 0.8 0 New
Mara's Land 4,400 0.5 0 0
Euroskeptic Party 3,365 0.4 0 New
Our Land Party 2,065 0.2 0 New
Social Fairness Party 1,575 0.2 0 New
National Power Union 1,172 0.1 0 New
Latvian's Latvia National Political Defence Organisation 1,130 0.1 0 New
Fatherland Union 1,114 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 7,311
Total 908,976 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,490,636 61.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Conduct[edit]

The OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission found that "despite the ongoing naturalization process, the fact that a significant percentage of the adult population of Latvia does not enjoy voting rights represents a continuing democratic deficit". Its recommendations included:

  • allowing independent candidates to stand in elections;
  • giving consideration to granting “non-citizens” of Latvia the right to vote in municipal elections;
  • allowing instructional materials, voter information and other relevant documents to be produced in both Latvian and Russian;
  • clarifying applicability of the Party Financing Law to third-party activities in support of an electoral campaign or during the campaign period;
  • considering terminating candidacy restrictions based on lustration provisions prior to the next Saeima elections.[3]

MP J. Boldāns, elected from TB/LNNK, was sentenced by Latgale Regional Court to imprisonment for election fraud. J. Boldāns has appealed.[4]

A member of "Harmony centre" J. Klementjevs and three employees of his enterprise were fined for buying votes by Zemgale Regional Court.[5]

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) found that The People's Party, LPP/LC, Harmony Centre, New Era and UGF had exceeded spending limits.[6]

Aftermath[edit]

The governing coalition of the People's Party, the Union of Greens and Farmers, the New Era Party and Latvia's First Party/Latvian Way received strong support from the voters, with 69 of the 100 MPs. Although this coalition could have continued, a new governing coalition was formed by the People's Party, the Union of Greens and Farmers, Latvia's First Party/Latvian Way and For Fatherland and Freedom, ejecting the New Era Party from government.

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